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Biden's Gun Policy Recommendations Coming Tuesday

The Vice President has been meeting with parties on both sides of the gun control debate, as well as mental health advocates, as he crafts proposals in response to the Dec. 14 Newtown school shooting. And the NRA responds.

Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce sweeping policy changes to gun laws and mental health care on Tuesday, two weeks earlier than expected.

The recommendations, at the request of President Barack Obama, are a response to the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed the life of 20 first-graders and six educators.

According to a report by the Huffington Post, Biden's proposals are likely to address the availability and access to certain types of guns and ammunition and tackle the issue of data collection and background checks.

While Connecticut State Police continue their investigation into the Newtown shooting, authorities have identified a 20-year-old man, Adam Lanza, as the shooter. Police said Lanza, who reportedly had some mental health issues and/or social disorder, killed his mother, Nancy, at their Newtown home before shooting his way into the nearby school.

Lanza, who was armed with an assault rifle, among other guns — all legally owned by his mother — ultimately took his own life, police said.

Biden's Remarks, NRA Responds
Biden announced Thursday — a day that saw another school shooting — that he would deliver his proposal on Tuesday, Jan. 15. In his address to the press corps, the Huffington Post quoted him as saying:

"So far [there has been] a surprising recurrence of suggestions that we have universal background checks. Not just closing the gun show loophole, but have total universal background checks including in private sales."

A blog on the vice president's website reports that, in coming up with his proposals, Biden has met and talked with elected officials at all levels of government, wildlife and sporting groups, gun control advocates and gun rights proponents, including the National Rifle Association (NRA).

In response to Thursday's announcement by the vice president, the NRA released a statement that said, in part:

"We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment. While claiming that no policy proposals would be “prejudged,” this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners — honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans." 

"It is unfortunate that this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation's most pressing problems," the statement continued. "We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen. Instead, we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works — and what does not."

Betsy Scott January 12, 2013 at 09:39 PM
So do they even know what the solutions Biden will recommend are? No, any thing he recommends that will effect the sale of guns to dishonest, non tax paying and welfare recipients or rich non workers will also be offensive to the NRA. They do not care who has access to assault weapons!!
NRB January 12, 2013 at 09:55 PM
When was the last time you saw anything from the government happen ahead of schedule? The reason it is two weeks early is that all of the control scheme was developed long ago and just waiting on the first tragic opportunity that arose in obamas second term.
Patriot January 12, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Slow down Betsy...put down your cigarette and regain your equilibrium. May God give you the strength, courage, and power to protect yourself when the need arises -- not if, but when, that time comes!
Abby Normal January 12, 2013 at 11:34 PM
The gun lobby just boggles my mind. Please someone tell me why background checks on 100% of all gun sales is a bad thing? Then after we get past that, let's talk about whatever else he recommends. I recall when Reagan was Governor of California, he passed restrictive gun laws regarding loaded weapons in cars and the NRA supported him, or was that because the laws were targeted against a group the NRA didn't like?..

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